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SXSW Panel Summary

by Latoya Peterson

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Joined by Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jay Smooth (Ill Doctrine), and Kety Esquivel (NCLR and Cross Left), I moderated a panel at SXSW called “Can Social Media End Racism.”

We organized the panel over email (and one lively dinner discussion) and came up with the main outline for the session.

We began by playing part of the trailer of abUSed: The Postville Raid while people were walking in, to the pull them into the moment and get people thinking about how videos and documentaries help to spread the word about current issues in social justice.

Then we introduced the ourselves.

The panel opened with me explaining what the panel was not. The panel was marked intermediate, which means we were not going to spend time on racism 101. (Jay added that racism 101 has a role and a purpose – just not a role in this session.) We wanted to outline some common experiences with racism online, tackle the question “Can Social Media End Racism,” and ways in which to take action. Continue reading